According to multiple reports, Marvel and director James Gunn had the lead role of Peter Quill/Starlord in Guardians of the Galaxy down to two actors, Zachary Levi and Jim Sturgess. There were rumors that there may be a third guy on the list and it appears that those rumors have come true. According to Bleeding Cool, who are getting their report from Deadline, Joseph Gordon Levitt may have tested for the role over the Xmas holiday.
(he would be the blond guy)
While the best choice may be Sturgess as he is simply fantastic, JGL is always good. Casting should happen relatively soon so we will know one way or another.
Spiderman is dead. Kind of anyway. See, the character will continue on in Marvel Comic’s Superior Spiderman starring Peter Parker as Spiderman. Except, it’s not really Peter, it’s Doctor Octopus. They switched bodies. Doc Ock was dying and swapped his consciousness with Peter’s. When Doc Ock’s body died, Peter died with it. But he didn’t. The reader is shown that in his dying moments, PeterOck has a heart to heart with SpiderOck and that they have shared memories now. Everything that happened to Peter also happened to Ock and that really, Spiderman was what could have happened to Otto Octavious is someone had loved him enough. SpiderOck vows to be a hero, a better hero even, that Peter ever was.
Now, as confusing as that may all be, my comment here is not on the story itself. I quite like Dan Slott as a writer and think he has done a fine job steering the Spidey franchise through some rather unfortunate editorial choices, see One More Day and One Moment In Time. My comment stems rather from the cheap death this seems to be. This is comics after all and there is no way this will stick. There is, after all, a sequel to the surprisingly good Amazing Spiderman film due in 2014 and one can safely assume that it will be Peter Parker and not Peter/Octavious Parker in the suit both in comics and film.
So the question becomes, why kill him off to begin with? The only explanation is that it is an easy ratings/sales spike. And that is a problem. It happens far too often in entertainment. A few examples:
1. Batman is killed by Darkseid only to have the reader find out he was merely misplaced in time
2. Wash is killed in Serenity because Joss Whedon hates us
3. Captain America is assassinated only to return a few months later in a book called Captain America: The Return
4. Cyclops killed Prof. X this summer and while he isn’t back yet he will be (it is the X-Men after all)
5. Speaking of, Jean goddamn Grey
All killed, all back already or soon to be. The death serves as a cheap pop and nothing more. We live in a world where the only comic book character to stay dead is Uncle Ben. Jason Todd and Bucky came back. Jason Todd who was killed off by the readers and then punched into existence by Superboy. At least Bucky had a reintroduction that made sense.
The point here is that death should not be taken lightly. Death in entertainment should be used to maximum effect. It should mean something. There are countless examples more that can be found with a simple search. If you write, kill only when it actually benefits the story. Anything done cheaply will be derided and ignored. I hope for better in the future.
Marevel NOW! is the latest publishing initiative from the House of Ideas. Surprising no one, it comes one year after the successful relaunch of the New 52 from DC. Marvel is insisting that this isn’t a reboot of the universe however, merely a realigning of their top creators on new titles. Last week saw a number of teases about upcoming books and this week has brought confirmation. Each of the Marvel NOW! titles will debut a week at a time. This should give readers a chance to break these books in slowly and not be flooded like the New 52. Here’s what was announced this week.
Captain America by Rick Remender and John Romita Jr.
X-Men Legacy by Si Spurrier and Tan Eng Huat
Future Foundation by Matt Fraction and Mike Allred
Fantastic Four by Matt Fraction and Mark Bagley
Deadpool by Brain Posehn, Gerry Duggan, and Tony Moore
Thor by Jason Aaron and Essad Ribic
Iron Man by Kieron Gillen and Greg Land
Uncanny Avengers by Rick Remender and John Cassaday
After a very long wait the team of Matt Fraction and David Aja have reunited for a new Hawkeye series. Their first series together, The Immortal Iron Fist, was nothing short of spectacular. It completely rejuvenated the Iron Fist character and brought him to the front line of Marvel Comics and a big spot in the Avengers. The question is, can they work the same magic on Hawkeye? After one issue I can safely say they are on the right track.
I’m not sure what I expected in a new Hawkeye book. It definitely wasn’t this. Which is not to say it wasn’t good. In fact, I would go so far as to call it great. The art is fantastic which should be expected from Aja. His work is consistently clean, easy to follow, and does a great job of conveying the story. I’m very excited to see him get to draw some true action sequences in the future. The writing is very good as well. While some of the dialogue comes off as a bit heavy handed, to me anyway, it fits in with the tone and setting of the story. The plot itself plops Hawkeye directly in Bed-Stuy New York dealing with a crooked landlord. It gets a little crazy from there but it does a great job of showcasing Hawkeye’s morals.
Overall the book hits on many levels. I cannot wait for the rest of this series. With the popularity of Hawkeye coming off the Avengers movie, he is primed for a huge breakthrough. Many consider him a poor imitation of Green Arrow which I’ve never really seen. The differences between the two are huge. Hawkeye stands on his own. I’m hoping this book will break Hawkeye from the comparisons to Green Arrow and out of Captain America’s shadow.
Here is the third trailer for the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man film. As much as I love Spider-Man, I cannot help thinking this looks awful. Watch the trailer below and judge for yourself.
Below is a list of the five comics hitting 1/11/12 that you must get. Why five? Well, this shit is expensive with many titles falling in the 2.99 to 3.99 range. I know money is tight everywhere. 20 bucks a week on comics may not be enough for some. For others, it might be too much. Either way, theGEEKwriters will strive to give you a list every Tuesday of the five books you need to get. Agree, disagree? Leave a comment below.
by: Gail Simone and Adrian Syaf
Gail Simone is not just one of the best female creators in comics, she is one of the best creators period. Her Batgirl title for the new 52 has had a few ups and downs so far but remains a very solid book. The writing is spot on and the art is fantastic.
by: J.H. Williams
Williams continues his run on Batwoman and damn, what a run it has been. From Detective Comics to this new series everything he has done is pure gold. Ending this first arc of the new series, Williams looks on course to deliver another satisfying ride for the single issue readers and TBPers alike.
Green Lantern #005
by: Geoff Johns and Dough Mahnke
(see a pattern here with these DC books?) Johns ends the first arc of the new 52 GL series by testing the relationship between Hal and Sinestro on Korugar. Can they survive their pairing? What about the Sinestro Corp. or Korugar itself? So far this book has continued the excellent run on GL by Johns; a run that should be considered the definitive take on Green Lantern. I honestly don’t know how he manages to keep this book this good.
Incredible Hulk #004
by Jason Aaron and Marc Silvestri
This new Hulk series, with a separate Hulk and Banner has been awesome! Aaron is currently knocking it out of the park on everything he does and his take on Hulk is very, very good. This is the type of Hulk book I want. No offense to the other creators currently playing in the Hulk universe but Aaron gets my money every time. Not to mention, Silvestri is as good as ever.
by Robert Kirkman and Ryan Ottley/Cory Walker
The best damn superhero book on the stands today! There is really no argument for that bit of braggadocio. Robert Kirkman has delivered 86 issues of incredibly fun, sometimes heartbreaking super heroics and I see no reason that issue 87 will be any different. If you buy one book this week, Invincible should be it.
That’s all for this week. Let me know what you think below.
W: Geoff Johns
A: Ivan Reis
Yup, I’m in. I kind of figured I would be but reading through issue one put it over the top for me. This is good, really good. I’ve always felt that there was a great Aquaman book out there and Johns shows a ton of promise here. He writes this issue from the standpoint of a long-suffering fan. He references the pop culture joke that Aquaman has become and throws it right back into those critics faces. Aquaman is badass and it pours out of him here. The artwork by Ivan Reis is great as usual. He really captures the power of Aquaman and the don’t fuck with me attitude a king needs. Mera is drawn tastefully and written well and should be a nice costar to this book. The villains make only a brief appearance and show just enough menace to be a threat. This book should be one of the best of the relaunch. Go get it.
W: Peter J. Tomasi
A: Fernando Pasarin
I’ve been very curious to see how the recent events in the Green Lantern family of titles would play in the new DCU. And while there have been brief mentions, new readers don’t necessarily need to know all of what has happened to enjoy the new stories. For this volume of the Green Lantern Corps, we get a nice intro to Guy and Jon trying to figure out their place on Earth. I’ve always thought that four Green Lanterns for one sector was a bit much and Tomasi appears to agree. Guy and Jon try to get jobs, fail, and contemplate a move off world. While this is going on a green covered baddie brutally kills some throwaway GL’s. This new DCU is definitely edgier than its previous incarnation. So we then get the setup to this books opening arc, who is killing these lanterns and why. The writing is done well especially with Jon. He has always been a tragic sort of character and his reasoning is played nicely here. Guy is written a tad less brash than usual which is a welcome change. The art by Pasarin is very nice and fits the tone of the story well. His characters are balanced and his world is very much alive. I liked this book a good deal and while it wasn’t the best GLC issue I have ever read, it is certainly a worthwhile addition to the run.
W: Judd Winnick
A: Guillem March
Catwoman #01 has, so far, been the most challenging book for me to review. On the one hand I really like it. On the other, it upsets me, a lot. On the plus side, the book is very well done. Winnick has crafted a story that immediately draws the reader into Catwoman’s world. We are shown the dangers and excitement in her particular line of work. We meet an interesting new character, Catwoman’s fence, who seems like she will almost play the Alfred role in this title. There is a decent little mystery
to the plot that is good enough to stick around for at least the opening arc. The artwork is very nice if rather inconsistent. I’m not sure if there is some facial “tracing” going on but there are a few panels where Catwoman looks entirely different, especially around the lips. That small quirk aside, the art really is nice. It flows well; the action makes sense on the page, and the storytelling from panel to panel is nice. However, the ending of this book left me at something of a crossroads. Without completely spoiling the last few panels, Batman shows up and the last 20 or so years of fan fiction takes place right on
the page. Now, there is nothing gratuitous, nothing that needs to be censored. But, this issue clearly illustrates that comics are no longer for kids. And that is somewhat sad to me. I know the booked is rated T so little kids should not be reading it but I wonder what books are left for them. I know there are a few out there, like Tiny Titans for example, but mainstream proper comics, not really. I’m not sure if that is good or not. I appreciate that stories are being written for me and my age group. It concerns
me about the long term growth and health of the industry. Overall, this book was very good and worth a peek.
W: Jt Krul
A: Dan Jurgens
Green Arrow #01 is a mixed bag of sorts. I was really looking forward to this book mainly because of Dan Jurgens handling the pencils. Ever since the Death of Superman arc I have been a huge fan of his. His work is classic and simple with no wasted lines. His storytelling is spot on and he does not disappoint here. I love the redesign on Green Arrows costume as well. Of all the redesigns, his seems to be the most natural and sensical of the bunch. My concern with this title came from Krul continuing
to handle the writing. His Green Arrow run before the relaunch was good. There weren’t any must read moments in the series but I liked it and looked forward to it. However, with the relaunch I wanted someone new, someone to take the character in a different direction with a different voice. And to his credit, Krul does a decent job of giving us a new Ollie. It’s not one I love yet but only for the choice in dialogue. I have always pictured Ollie as an incredibly smart, well spoken individual. While he is
smart here, he is not well spoken and that took me out of the story a bit. The rest of the issue was solid and gives readers a decent intro to the new adventures of Oliver Queen. The cliffhanger is nice and hopefully sets up some exciting stories for the future.
W: Kyle Higgins
A: Eddy Barrows
The first issue of Nightwing does a nice job of getting readers up to speed on what has been going on in Dick Grayson’s life. His time as Batman is mentioned, his parents death is discussed and plays an important role in the plot, and his prowess as an acrobat is shown quite nicely by Barrows. I’ve always loved when the movement of a character, the flips and jumps etc, were shown by the artist. It’s been done in tons of books and I believe it really adds to the action. Barrows has a very clean style that lends itself well to this type of book. While it is a “Batman” book, it’s not nearly as dark as the core Batman titles. What struck me as average was the writing. I’m usually a writing first kind of guy but the script here by Higgins didn’t do much for me. The mystery villain is pretty obvious and his motivations seem directly on the surface. And the fact that he calls Dick the “fiercest killer in all of Gotham” yet doesn’t recognize him because of a silly little eye mask seems really stupid to me. Villains are smart. Especially ones with a personal connection to the hero. This guy leaves a lot to be desired. That said, I’ll give this book a shot since I love Nightwing. The art is really good and the story doesn’t suck. Good enough for me.
W: Scott Snyder
A: Greg Capullo
Wow. What an awesome debut for the team of Snyder and Capullo. I had a feeling, like everyone else I’m sure, that this was going to be really good. And dammit was it ever! Capullo is so good for Batman. He should have left McFarlane years ago. He is an insanely talented artist and a perfect match for the dark and gritty atmosphere Scott Snyder creates here. There has been some concern around the internet that Capullo would be too “Spawn” for Batman; that the cape would be ridiculous. Well, I can safely say that he puts any doubt to rest. His pencils are so good that even though Jim Gordon looks like a beefed up Twitch, it doesn’t matter. His Batman is badass. The opening fight scene is done very well with the villains getting some nice looks during the action. I really like his Clayface and Killer Croc. Hopefully we get to see them star in some solo villain arcs down the road. As for Snyder, he knocks it out of the park. The pacing, dialogue, setting, and overall characterization are right where they should be. It feels as if this is Batman, not just some guy’s take on him. I am really looking forward to this book next month. The mystery is solid, the cliffhanger tremendous, and plot just damn good. Get this now!